Rugby rumours are a dime a dozen these days, with the most frequent rumours surrounding the expansion of competitions like the 6 Nations in Europe and the Rugby Championship in the Southern Hemisphere. However, these rumours do not touch on how these expansions could affect the women’s game.
Comments and opinions have flooded South African and international media in the wake of the SuperSport walkout incident on Saturday 19 May. With little information besides what was broadcast live, fans and politicians alike immediately took sides – either in support for or in opposition to Ashwin Willemse’s on-air actions. While national media continued to argue over the little information available, Grahamstown’s local rugby administrators and players have avoided any bandwagon.
As women’s sport is becoming more and more of a priority for media and sporting unions alike, creating visibility for successful women’s teams should be equally as important. This project looks into the importance of rugby to the lives of young women that play the sport, defying gender stereotypes and battling tough opposition on the way to make their mark on the sport.
Life could have turned out completely differently for Irish scrum half Kathryn Dane, if the coaches of the U8 Enniskillen opted not to let her join in with the boys team. On a whim, Dane went to join the boys after her football practice, and, with the help of her dad, convinced the coaches to let her join in with the lads that were “twice the size of me”.
The aftermath of Storm Dennis made for some trying conditions in Wicklow on Sunday 16 February, as DCU Ladies Rugby Club took on Wicklow RFC in their back yard.
Dublin City University Ladies Rugby Club continued their strong start to 2020 with a hard-fought 36-26 victory over Tullow RFC at DCU St Clare's. The last time these two teams met, DCU came from 12-0 down to win 26-27 in the final minute of the match. On Sunday 26 January 2020, DCU hosted the Tullow side, scoring six tries and earning the full points from the clash.
The Dublin City University Ladies Rugby Club kicked off the second half of their season with a 46-14 victory over Old Belvedere RFC on Sunday 12 January. DCU kept out an impressive Old Belvedere attack throughout the first half, improving on the issues that crept into their game near the end of 2019.
Dublin City University Ladies Rugby Club travelled to Tullamore on Sunday, to take on Tullamore RFC. The morning cold did not lift for the afternoon kickoff, with mist rolling in to add further problems for both sets of player.
DCU's Women's Rugby Club lost out to the top team in the Leinster League on Sunday 17 November, as Railway Union RFC took home a four point victory.
DCU's Ladies Rugby Club lost out to Wicklow RFC in a highly competitive match on Sunday 10 November at DCU's Sports Campus. Wicklow lead 0-7 at half time, after putting in an immense defensive effort to hold DCU out of their tryline for most of the first half. DCU used the space out wide in … Continue reading DCU Ladies Rugby Club vs Wicklow
Dublin City University's Ladies Rugby Club earned a come-from-behind victory over their hosts, Tullow RFC, on Sunday 3 November.